War Eagles

(Santa Teresa NM)
War Eagles Air Museum displayed a collection of 36 vintage aircraft and 50 antique cars; many in working order. Most were from the World War II, Korean, and Vietnam eras. Additional items included weapons, engines, photos, uniforms, and various military artifacts.

WW II Fighter

War Eagles Air Museum – P-40 Warhawk

A 64,000 square feet hanger, with extensions, a restoration shop, some outdoor exhibits, a gift shop, and a research library were all on site. Everything was very well presented, with panels explaining things, and 1930-40s era music playing in the background.

WW II Fighter

P-51 Mustang


PT-17 Kaydet

Car and aircraft

1936 Packard Super-8 & F4U-4 Corsair

Some of my favorites were the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk, a North American P-51D Mustang, Lockheed P-38L Lightning, North American F-86 Sabre, and Douglas C-47 Gooney Bird. The M-38 Army Willys Jeep, 1914 Ford Model-T Speedster, 1935 Auburn M-85 Boat Tail Convertible, 1936 Packard Super-8 Convertible were also excellent.

Airplane, sport cars

1963 Morgan +4, 1954 MG & C-47 Gooney Bird

Convertible car

1935 Auburn Boat Tail Convertible

Military equipment

Air Defense Systems

For military history buffs, the museum was well worth the short side-trip and low entry fee. Since I was so close, I zipped into El Paso to visit the Apple Store in order to ask some questions at the Genius Bar and to see the new iPad Pro.

Camp: Wal-Mart Overnight
Scene: Vintage aircraft, cars, military equipment

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2 Responses to War Eagles

  1. Martha January 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    I like the fact that the museum featured old cars as well. Having lived in N. VA just outside of Washington for many years, I was the person who had to escort my family visitors to the Nat’l. Air & Space Museum. Once was enough for me, and by the time I moved away I probably had 10 or 15 visits. Just too much space & aircraft to suit me, but I do like to look at the old cars.

    • Pleinguy January 14, 2016 at 6:11 pm #

      I’ve seen several air museums, and this one was more enjoyable than most. Not too big, and a good balance of displays. Plus, it was focused mostly on the WW2 era.

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